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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (597 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rod Stewart Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2012 ISBN: 9780449011287
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The extraordinary life and career of music legend Rod Stewart, in his own words for the first time.
 
With his soulful and singular voice, narrative songwriting, and passionate live performances Rod Stewart has paved one of the most iconic and successful music careers of all time. He was the charismatic lead singer for the trailblazing rock and roll bands The Jeff Beck Group and The Faces, and as a solo artist, the author of such beloved songs as "Maggie May," "Tonight’s the Night," "Hot Legs," "Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?," "Young Turks," "Forever Young," and "You Wear It Well."  Now after more than five decades in the spotlight, he is finally ready to take a candid and romping look back at his life both on and off the stage. From his humble British roots to his hell-raising years on tour with his bandmates, not forgetting his great loves (including three marriages and eight children) and decades touring the world, Rod delivers a riveting ride through one of rock's most remarkable lives.




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Quotes & Awards

  • “Anyone who wants to be a rock and roll superstar should read this…crazy stories. Jimmy Fallon
  • “A likable, mostly generous and well-written look back at the days of bedding starlets and destroying hotels. Kirkus
  • “Funny, self-deprecating and a whole lot less boastful than he could be, Mr. Stewart offers a string of Grade-A rock ‘n’ roll debauchery stories and…makes them charming.”

    New York Times

  • “The best news about Stewart’s autobiography is that it revives the rollicking humor and self-deprecating personality of his early career. It takes the jolly perspective of a guy who knows he’s one of the world’s luckiest men, and the result proves infectious.”

    New York Daily News

  • “In an action-packed memoir, Stewart explains how he survived the excesses of Seventies rock stardom…Full of bad behavior and enough ex-wives to fill an entire soccer side.”

    Rolling Stone
  • “The most outrageous—and wittiest—rock autobiography of the decade.”

    Daily Mail

  • Funny, self-deprecating and a whole lot less boastful than he could be, Mr. Stewart offers a string of Grade-A rock ‘n’ roll debauchery stories and…makes them charming. The New York Times 
  • The best news about Stewart’s autobiography is that it revives the rollicking humor and self-deprecating personality of his early career. It takes the jolly perspective of a guy who knows he’s one of the world’s luckiest men, and the result proves infectious. New York Daily News
     
  • In an action-packed memoir, Stewart explains how he survived the excesses of Seventies rock stardom…full of bad behavior and enough ex-wives to fill an entire soccer side. Rolling Stone
  • A he-said romp through a five-decade music career that spawned a string of enduring pop classics…[Stewart is] an entertaining storyteller who admits that at age 67 he still spends time on that bottle-blond, high-maintenance hair. We love him for that. The Tampa Bay Times
     
  • Unsurprisingly, Rod Stewart has a few stories to tell…The singer tells them in a charming, often humble and self-deprecating, and always entertaining fashion throughout Rod, his autobiography….A moving read. The Buffalo News
  • …a life that seems to be one endless romp from hit song to hot date, with a few stylish Italian sports cars and expensive pieces of Pre-Raphaelite art thrown in for good measure. Blondes (Have More Fun), indeed. USA Today
  • The most outrageous—and wittiest—rock autobiography of the decade. The Daily Mail
  •  “Amiably and self-knowingly told… the tone [is] pitched right and the jokes good. The Guardian
     
  • Forget your Salman Rushdie.  Put down your JK Rowling.  Tomorrow sees the publication of one of the most entertaining, revealing, captivating books of the year-- the autobiography of Rod Stewart.  Truly. The Independent online
  • “Looking at the fall release schedule and seeing memoirs slated from Pete Townshend and Neil Young, who would have tipped Rod Stewart as being the rock graybeard most likely to produce the best book? But he did. Rod: The Autobiography (Crown) is a warm, roguish reminiscence. More playful than Townshend's at times ponderous Who I Am and far more insightful than Young's numbing Waging Heavy Peace, Stewart's memoir has much of the joyful, big-hearted raffishness of the singer's classic early '70s recordings. (It's more "Mandolin Wind" than "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy? or anything else of his from the last 35 years or so.) The book is a fun, rollicking read.
  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A USA Today bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fran Mewse | 2/17/2014

    " A brilliant book, glad he found true love. It made me want to get all my cds out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim Lindgren | 2/12/2014

    " It was a lot of fun. I learned about the early 60s British rock scene, including the Small Faces and the Faces. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca | 2/10/2014

    " Rod Stewart lived a life of sin. And, I think I'm too young to really get into his life story. I don't know 99% of who he was talking about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelagh Ash | 2/5/2014

    " Really interesting. Thoroughly enjoyed reading it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise | 1/27/2014

    " Great read. Very nice authorial voice--I felt like I was in a pub somewhere listening to Rod tell me about his life. Lots of humor. Great light read... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 1/25/2014

    " Only a few chapters in and I love this book! It's like he's telling a friend his memories. Great vacation read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wayne Bedford | 1/19/2014

    " Easy reading with slightly more detail than we have read in the press of his s exploits, and his lucky music breaks aided by long john baldry. Still an entertaining read over xmas holiday or would be suitable for the beach in the summer. Easy to put down and pick up again "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mell | 12/2/2013

    " This was a terrific read! Enjoyable, down to earth, just like he sat down w/ you over "a cup of tea". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Serendipitous | 11/22/2013

    " Pretty good, some funny bits inside the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Season | 11/19/2013

    " All I gotta say is I still love Rod. Fabulous book. I felt like he was sitting next to me telling me the story. Berg entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janine | 11/18/2013

    " Loved this book, anyone who grew up in the 70s & onwards remembers Rod Stewart. A warts and all story about his life, definitely you can imagine him telling his story to the author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 9/9/2013

    " An excellent book which is written as it is. Rod writes as if you are sat sharing a few beers, and he is telling it as it was with no holds barred. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen | 8/13/2013

    " Fun interesting read about Rod's life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stewart Summers | 6/10/2013

    " I was most interested in reading about Rod working the clubs in England in the mid-1960's, The Jeff Beck Group and The Faces. Rod addressed those subjects along with his love of soccer and hot blonde ladies with long legs! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim Oscroft | 5/4/2013

    " Does a lot to underline the "Red hot randy rocker Rod" persona of tabloid fame, very funny and especially good in the early years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 4/16/2013

    " I so enjoyed reading about Rod Stewart's life. It was a very entertaining book and reminded me of all the great music from him. I've been listening all over again! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 4/3/2013

    " Rod is pretty self-deprecating. Good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcia | 1/18/2013

    " Sometimes, a girl's gotta read what a girl's gotta read... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rod | 12/7/2012

    " That was a fun biography. A good balance of music, stupidity, and reflection. I'm glad he discussed the craft of music making...as well as the Jeff Beck moments. Now if only Rod Stewart could understand what the word LOVE means. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marlene | 11/13/2012

    " If you are a Rod fan, you will like this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracey Blaine | 10/29/2012

    " This book was lighthearted and funny, I thoroughly enjoyed it. "

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About the Author

Rod Stewart is a two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and a Grammy Living Legend.  In a career spanning five decades, he has sold more than a hundred million records and continues to be one of the top-grossing and most beloved live performers in the world. In 2007, the Queen of England bestowed him the prestigious CBE (Commander of the British Empire) for his contributions to music. He lives with his wife, Penny Lancaster, and children in Beverly Hills, California and Epping, Essex.

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with fifty-eight Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.